Posts tagged ‘look’

March 11, 2012

Aishwarya Rai Is Stunning

…because you needed me to tell you that, right?!

Like with my slightly OTT obsession with Zhang Ziyi, I gain a slightly fixed expression when staring at Aishwarya Rai’s face, because it just shouldn’t be possible to look that flipping perfect and I’m trying ever so hard not to be jealous. (It never works.)

Aishwarya Rai

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This first look is pretty simple when it’s broken down; as usual Ms. Rai looks perfectly polished and glamorous, yet fairly natural too. From what I can make out, she’s wearing:

  • Ridiculously perfect foundation (OK, so her skin may be airbrushed a little. I sincerely hope it is anyway!)
  • A little eyeshadow or brow powder in a natural shade brushed through her brows.
  • A warm pink blush, pinker than baby pink but more natural than a hot pink.
  • A bit of pinky beige/light brown eyeshadow  across the lids – this is meant to be pretty nude, so not too pink or brown. Match to your own skin tone!
  • Thin black liquid or gel liner, as perfect as you can, and no flick or cateye effect.
  • Either nothing along the lower lashline, or a tiny smudge of the nude eyeshadow on the outer quarter.
  • Lots of volumising black mascara, but go easy on the lower lashes.
  • A striking, but not super bright, pink lipgloss. To me it looks like she’s only wearing gloss, and that it’s just really pigmented – though she could have a lipstick under it! It does look like she might have lipliner on to make the lip outline really neat and crisp, and personally I would simply use this liner all over the lip to stain without adding the heaviness of two creamy products. This colour and finish is quite similar to a gloss I have and love – Bourjois Effet 3D in 46 Rose Lyric, which gives the same glamorous high-shine finish too.

The lips really are the focus here, but they’re not hugely dramatic, giving Aishwarya the look of natural perfection that is always hers!

Aishwarya Rai

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This second look reverses the emphasis from the lips to the eyes, while again maintaining the fairly natural overall effect. Here’s my breakdown:

  • Sheer foundation/tinted moisturiser with SPF (she’s at the beach, I would never accuse her of the terrible sin of not wearing SPF!)
  • Eyebrows shaped, but less defined than before – perhaps a touch of brow pencil, or just some clear gel brushed through.
  • No blush, but a touch of matte bronzer to contour and define the cheekbones.
  • Nude beige/taupe eyeshadow, with subtle pink tones. (Reminds me of the e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeshadow in Dawn, though I’m sure a more upmarket version!)
  • Black liquid or gel liner, with a thin flick at the outer corner.
  • Black gel or pencil liner along the upper and lower waterlines, all the way into the inner corner.
  • Dramatic black mascara on upper and lower lashes.
  • A pink toned nude lipstick, no liner.
  • A clear or nude gloss over the top.

While the eye makeup is clearly more dramatic than most non-celebrities would wear to the beach, I love the understated lips and subtle bronzer. Despite the heavy-ish liner, I do think this look is beautiful for summer, which I’m trying to convince myself is just around the corner! (Come ON, London weather!)

I love Aishwarya Rai! I might have to go and watch Devdas now.

February 26, 2012

New Look!

I’ve changed my theme, as I’m sure is obvious – I kept the orangey/pinky colours that were in the old one, as I really liked them, but I just think that this layout is a lot more easy to read and appropriate for the kind of posts that I do. I wouldn’t mind something a bit more flashy really, but any themes that have preset images or designs just seem a little unprofessional to me…I don’t know what it is!

Anyway, hope you like the new theme and layout!

December 16, 2011

I Want To Look Like Audrey Tautou

My slightly-creepy girlcrush of the month is Audrey Tautou. (I exaggerate; I don’t really have a creepy crush. Well, not that creepy.) But can you really blame me? She looks quirky enough to be instantly recognisable, and to pull off such eccentric roles as Amélie with a slight raise of the eyebrow, yet also conventionally beautiful enough to be the face of Chanel No. 5. She has that incredibly irritating French quality of seeming to be totally unconscious of her own chic, or at least, to not have thought too hard about it before stepping out of her front door.

Firstly, I know it’s a Chanel advert, but could anyone else pull off this robe quite so effortlessly? While in a vintage train carriage?

The actress leaning out of a train window in a robe.

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Or, indeed, these enormous trousers? I would look like Nelly the Elephant having just escaped from the circus in these. *shakes fist*

The actress in the hall of a hotel.

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I suppose I should talk about her makeup too – she tends to go with fairly natural looks, and as her bone structure is so good, I don’t blame her. Although she looks beautiful all the time, with her totally understated vibe, I stumbled across this picture and thought it would be a good look to investigate for myself, so here you go. Audrey on the red carpet:

The actress in a white dress.

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The foundation Audrey is wearing here is clearly very natural and gives her skin a beautiful radiance; she doesn’t need much coverage, so it wouldn’t be anything too heavy, and there’s certainly no cloggy face powder stuck all over it ruining the effect! If I were to attempt something similar, I’d go with NARS Sheer Glow.
Though it’s difficult to see her eye makeup, it’s fairly clear that it’s incredibly subtle and natural. As her brows are always perfectly shaped – almost a trademark with her – they frame her eyes so well that no impact is lost at all, and her eyes themselves are fairly large and pretty; they’ll draw attention all by themselves. Defining brows with a touch of lighter-than-your-hair eyeshadow, some neutral eyeshadow all over the lid (from what I have, I’d go with MAC Patina) and lots of black mascara should do the trick, though tightlining your eyes on the upper waterline ONLY would add a little more definition if you can’t do without eyeliner.
She has a beautiful, though still very subtle, blush – from the radiance of her skin, almost certainly a cream blush applied very sparingly. The apples of her cheeks are another naturally lovely feature of hers; those dimples mean that her smile transforms her face, and the blush adds to the overall prettiness that’s already there! For this effect, I would actually use Benefit’s Posy Tint – liquid blush is even more natural still than a cream, and I love the Benefit tints.
Finally, the most noticeable makeup is her lipstick, which is why I left it until last. (That’s not a great reason, is it? I just did, I don’t know why!) It’s a fairly natural shade, just a bit pinker than her actual lips, and the real impact is made by the gloss over the top. The fact that she looks red-carpet-worthy, when the most daring makeup she’s wearing is a pretty natural lipstick, makes me just a tiny bit jealous. Just a little. It’s fine. I’m fine. Ignore me. The lipcolour looks to me (and this is just a hunch) quite similar to the Estee Lauder ‘Pure Colour Sensuous Rouge’ lip colour in Peach Pleasure. It’s not a completely perfect match, but I’m writing this fairly quickly – sorry! These lipsticks have special centres with moisturising ingredients in; it’s all very exciting.

So, that’s a quick breakdown of how I’d try to recreate the understated glamour of Audrey Tautou on the red carpet! She is one of my favourite actresses, and I know that lightning-fast attempt didn’t do her justice, but I wanted to give it a shot! 🙂

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